I’ve showcased customer Harbor Freight Tools kayak trailer mods in the past, but this article cannot be ignored– a step-by-step pictorial of how to turn a Haul-Master 870 Lb. Capacity 40″ X 49″ Utility Trailer into a full-functional 3-kayak-plus-camping-gear trailer!
Recently, an author bearing the moniker “Frkzila” posted an article on Instructables.com, aptly titled, “How To Turn a Harbor Freight Trailer Into a Kayak/Camping Trailer.” Brilliant! The writer starts out:
“This is my first instructable, but I have posted this on some kayak forums with positive feedback. I wanted a trailer I could haul our three kayaks on and our camping gear, but all the trailers I found for purchase were $1,000 plus. Here is how I built mine for $363. I started with the Harbor Freight Kit and turned in into exactly what I needed.”
He starts out, of course, with the trailer– as one reviewer observed, “For the money you can’t beat these little rascals!”– and then collects the following material:
10’ 11-ga 2” square tube
14’-1/8” 2” angle iron
2 @ 6’ pieces of 1.25”od round tube
4′x8′ sheet of 1/2” treated plywood
2 @ 12’-5/4” deck boards
2 @ 8’-5/4” beck boards
4 @ 10’ 2×4′s for bunks
7 @ eye bolts for tie-downs
6’ wire for harness extension
3/4” steel bar that was already bent which he got from a scrap pile
Not to steal thunder from the gentleman’s nicely detailed presentation, I won’t recount each step. Read the article yourself. But let me just say, it’s a great read, especially if you’re looking for ideas to build a trailer of your own.
Referring to the picture on the top of the article, Frkzila concludes:
“Here is the finished product all loaded up, I have three kayaks on here (my daughter’s 6’ sits in the bed) a grill, firewood, tent and other camping stuff loaded.
I am very happy with how this project turned out. I pull it with my 4-cyl Escape and have had it to 70 mph+ on the interstate with no problems. Since it is so lightweight I can hardly feel it behind the car, and I have less invested than most put into converting a jet ski trailer, and everything is new. The only thing I might change is making the bunks movable so I can put 3 full size yaks on top.”
Hats off to you, my good man! Nicely done.